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11-06-2002 03:59 PM
Dufour 38 Classic

No problem SailorMitch. Thanks for the insight for what I will be looking for. I know this off the topic, but in general about how much does a boat depresiate? I have looked at the Beneteaus and liked them except for the small walk around area. But 2002 (new boat deck) that they are putting out looks like it will work for me just fine. Found a 2002 Oceanis 393 for 169,000. Real out of range. Do not want ot go with anything higher than 125- 135. Think this vesselmay be that low in ten months? guess I will only know when the time comes. Found a 2000 381 that I lie, but it does not have the newer deck and is in my price range. rest for the weary LOL. Keep up the great advice guys. By the time I am getting my veesel I will know it is a perfect choise just from visiting with you all.

11-06-2002 03:12 PM
Dufour 38 Classic


Sorry if I mislead you or misstated something, but the 38 DOES have a bilge pump. It''s just that the bilge itself is very shallow and when the boat heels the water tends to run onto the cabin sole and not to the pump. Again, that is a very common fault of newer boats. You should check that, too, on any Beneteaus you look at.
11-06-2002 02:07 PM
Dufour 38 Classic

Thanks SailorMitch and Jeff H. I will do that. As for a new boat ha ha ha, I can''t afford that. I also prefer the beneteau''s as a first boat to own for a couple for years and give living on a try. But when looking at the Dufour the deck was wide and flat to walk on with no trouble. Something that I think I would need. I do not have any kind of ability to walk one foot in front of the other. I was looking at a 2000 Dufour that I might purchase five or six months from now if it is still around...but think it would e better to get the Beneteau myself. but I will go to the list and post an e-mail to Dufour and see what they say...not having a bigle pump...whew that really give me a hugh scare...I would not even be without that in my canoe LOL. thanks again guys for all your help.

11-06-2002 12:43 PM
Dufour 38 Classic

"Dufour factory stepped in and gave him an entire new boat".........Hmmm.....wonder what they did with that boat !?!.....probably fixed it up and sold it to some other poor unsuspecting
11-06-2002 05:21 AM
Dufour 38 Classic


If you want to read what Dufour owners have said/exchanged about the hull/deck joint leaks, go to the Dufour email list here on Sailnet and search the archives for that list. One owner did report that the leaks in his boat were traced to some of the screws used to install the toe rail. The dealer rebedded those screws to solve the problem. But at the very least that does raise questions about the design and engineering of that entire joint.

Also, post a question on the email list about any concerns/questions you have. Dufour also monitors that list and they may reply as well as current owners. For example, I mentioned before the fellow in Australia who had problems with the dealer down there with his 2000 Classic 38. The Dufour factory stepped in and gave him an entire new boat. You don''t hear of that kind of thing very often in the marine industry.

If Dufours do interest you, however, check out the new line coming out to replace the Classic line. Go to for a look.

Lastly, shallow bilges are becoming all too common as designers squeeze out more headroom. Go to a boat show and pull up cabin soles and see what you find -- often barely enough room for a bilge pump much less for a real bilge.
11-06-2002 01:59 AM
Dufour 38 Classic

I''ve only been aboard the Dufour Classic 38 at boat shows. I see them as being a step down from Beneteau''s First Series and a roughly equal to Beneteaus ''number'' series which has been improving some. I think they are a small step above Hunter and Catalinas.

From a design standpoint they are one of the few IOR hull amd rig typeform boats that are still in production, and so carry some of the charateristics that made IOR notorious. I was also very disappointed in the size and placement of deck hardware.

Hull deck joint leaks are a very serious matter for a boat that size. Boats like these count on the glue joint between deck and hull for the majority of the strength of the joint. If the joint can leak there is an area that has not been properly bonded. In a cold climate that leak is a place for water to gather, freeze and further pry open the joint, eventually unzipping the hull/deck connection.

11-05-2002 06:42 PM
Dufour 38 Classic

Thanks for the info guys. I am onloy 5''8" so I think the room will be okay. But this leak thing and not a large bilge...that would have me worried. Not just for saftey, but possible water tearing up the floor and wood as well as the rpoblem of resale after a coupld of years. I keep looking at the Catalinas, Hunter''s and Bene''s and most do not have a good walking around ot the front and the Dufour did, with a nice wood top (look I guess). If any other infor about the leak thing or a web site I can go to for questions please let me know. Appreciate all the response from you guys.

11-05-2002 06:56 AM
Dufour 38 Classic

SailorMitch, Sorry, I didn''t mean to imply that you trivialized the issue but it would be a definite deal breaker for me in a boat choice second only to keels falling off.
11-05-2002 05:44 AM
Dufour 38 Classic

Note that I said "not good of course." The words "minor inconvenience" are yours, not mine. Agreed that hull/deck joint leaks are bad. That''s why I mentioned it in the first place.
11-05-2002 05:25 AM
Dufour 38 Classic

I haven''t seen the Dufours in person but I don''t see how you can characterise hull/deck joint leaks with water sloshing around in the cabin as a minor inconvienence. The hull/ deck joint is critical weak link in the strenght of the hull.
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